Ever since I started digging into themes at Automattic, I have found that I’ve been keeping way more notes than ever before — I jot down everything: common procedures, code snippets, tidbits from discussions, links, and random ideas.
At first I was just using a text file. However, after several months, my “everything.txt” file was growing massively out of control. I decided that a dedicated notes application would be a more efficient way to keep track of things, plus offer much more functionality.
In particular, I was looking for an application with the following features:
- The ability to quickly search existing notes
- The ability to tag notes
- The ability to sync notes across my computer and iPhone so that I can have all of my inspiration with me, at all times.
There are plenty of note-taking applications, but I have been using Simplenote. There is both a free and paid version, but so far the free version has been more than adequate for my needs. To sync my notes onto my Mac, I use Notational Velocity, which is an open-source application. Now, whenever inspiration strikes, I can create a new note on my iPhone if I’m on on the go, or directly on the Mac if I’m at my desk, and they will automatically sync.
As I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of other note-taking applications out there besides Simplenote. Here’s a Lifehacker article that lists five popular note taking applications.
Do you like to take notes as you work? If so, please share any tools and applications that you have found useful, as well as the types of notes you like to take!